Chatuchak Weekend Market Bangkok
Whilst we were in Bangkok we had the chance to visit Chatuchak market and we loved it so much we thought we should share our experience with you too! Chatuchak market is also referred to as Bangkok Market or JJ Market, and has been running for over 70 years, amazingly it has over 15,000 stalls, making it one of the biggest markets in the world. It is a popular tourist attraction, and rightly so, which sees around 200,000 people visiting it every weekend!
How to get to Chatuchak Market?
The best way to get to Chatuchak market is by getting the Skytrain. We always used the Skytrain for travelling around Bangkok. It is efficient, affordable, but best of all, it is air conditioned!!
Get the Skytrain to Mo Chit Station (Sukhumvit Line) and then take Exit 1 when leaving the station. Chances are you can just follow the crowds, as the market is always buzzing with people, but either way if you follow the road down you will eventually come to rows of stalls and then one of the many entrances of the market.
Of course you can get other forms of transport such as a taxi, Uber or bus, but the Skytrain is definitely the easiest and most affordable. Plus the Skytrain also helps you miss the busy weekend traffic, so we highly recommend it.
Best time to go to Chatuchak Market?
The best time to go is definitely in the morning. Anyone who has been to Bangkok will know that after 11am, leaving your house is quite unbearable. The market opens at 9am, so I would advise getting there for then. Plus the market tends to get busier towards the afternoon. Now as I mentioned before Chatuchak is one of the biggest markets in the world and I can assure you, you won’t be disappointed. After about 2 hours I felt like I had seen enough and it gave me time to check out the food for an early lunch before I left. However, if you like to shop till you drop, this is definitely a place you could spend a day, if you have the stamina and determination!!
Opening times for Chatuchak Market
Chatuchak Market is a weekend market, but some of the sections are opening during the week too. However, if you want the whole market and to get the real experience of Chatuchak make sure you go on a Saturday or Sunday.
Here are the opening times:
- Wednesday and Thursday ( Plant Section only) 7am – 6pm
- Friday (wholesale only) – 6pm – 12pm
- Saturday and Sunday (the whole market) 9am – 6pm
What to do in Chatuchak Market?
The market is broken up into 27 sections, yes you read that right, 27! These sections range from clothes and food to homeware and antiques. I have no doubt you will find what you are looking for here. There is also an indoor and outdoor market with more handbags and elephant trousers you will have ever set eyes on. The prices were very reasonable to begin with but most of the stall owners expect you to barter with them unless a fixed price is already stated. Nathan and I have never been huge fans of markets in Asia, with most of them we saw being full of fake designer handbags and watches. However, Chatuchak market was not like this at all. It was so much better than we ever expected it to be. The clothes were well made and as I mentioned before so reasonable. There was also so much choice, which made such a change from every stool selling the same pair of trousers. We also found some lovely handbags and homeware that was all handmade and resourced from Thailand. Living as a traveller on a budget was really beginning to become difficult now! We wanted to buy everything!
Do not leave Chatuchak market without getting some food first. Plus it’s a good way to restock on energy for round 2 of shopping right? Nathan absolutely loved the pork skewers (he still hasn’t stopped talking about them!) and I made the most of all of the fresh coconut water. I can’t believe I had never had it before I travelled to Asia, it’s so refreshing and the perfect way to cool down. We never sat down for an actual meal here but the food looked awesome, instead we tried to eat as many of the snacks around the market as we could. I highly recommend getting some of the coconut ice cream!
We had the best time at Chatuchak market and highly recommend it for anyone visiting Bangkok. Whether you are here for a few days or a few weeks, definitely do not miss this off your itinerary. There was so much variety and we enjoyed the experience so much. No one hassled you to buy anything and all of the stall and shop owners were so kind and helpful. I’m sure Nathan would agree with me that this is the best market we have ever visited and there is no doubt in my mind that i will be coming back here every time I visit Bangkok.
Have you ever been to Chatuchak market? What was your favourite part? Or are you planning to Chatuchak Market whilst you’re in Bangkok? Let us know! We’d love you hear from you and talk about your experiences too! And of course if you have any questions leave us a comment below and we’ll get back to you!
Take Care, Rebecca.
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